Frank Spitzer

Mathematician, Author

1926 – 1992

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Who was Frank Spitzer?

Frank Ludvig Spitzer was an Austrian-born American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to probability theory, including the theory of random walks, fluctuation theory, percolation theory, the Wiener sausage, and especially the theory of interacting particle systems. Rare among mathematicians, he chose to focus broadly on "phenomena", rather than any one of the many specific theorems that might help to articulate a given phenomenon. His book Principles of Random Walk, first published in 1964, remains a well-cited classic.

Spitzer was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, and by the time he was twelve years old, the Nazi threat in Austria was evident. His parents were able to send him to a summer camp for Jewish children in Sweden, and, as a result, Spitzer spent all of the war years in Sweden. He lived with two Swedish families, learned Swedish, graduated from high school, and for one year attended Tekniska Hogskolan in Stockholm.

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Born
Jul 24, 1926
Vienna
Also known as
  • Frank L. Spitzer
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • PhD, University of Michigan
    Mathematics
    ( - 1953)
  • Royal Institute of Technology
Lived in
  • Ithaca
    (1961 - 1992/02/01)
Died
Feb 1, 1992

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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